Music: Joan in Bronxville

Any composer who can lure Manhattan critics into taking a 30-minute train ride to the suburbs to hear a piece of music must have something on the ball. Blade-thin, Manhattan-born Norman Dello Joio apparently is one composer who has. When New York's progressive Sarah Lawrence College put on his first opera last week, Manhattan critics and admirers traveled right out to Bronxville to hear it.

The visitors were not taking 37-year-old Composer Dello Joio entirely on faith. The lucid, lyrical music of his 30-odd choral works, chamber pieces and ballet scores has already won him two Guggenheim fellowships and the New York...

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